Close Encounter by dmrams

Close Encounter

Today Eddie and I took the younger kids (the older girls are with their dad this w/e and Trevor is on the mission trip) to Brazos State Park which is known for its gators. We had seen a couple of them swimming far away in the water so we were scanning the swamp to see if we could see any more. Then I looked forward on the trail and THIS is what I saw....this HUGE gator!!!! He was crossing the trail to get into the water on the other side and was about 20 yards from us!! After I screamed "GATOR!!" and ran back to Eddie and the kids-- who hadn't seen it until they heard my scream---I thought "Wait a minute!! I can't miss this photo opp!!!" and I turned around and snapped this picture. I was shaking a little out of fear so it's not as clear as I would have liked it to be but hey, I'm alive so I'm happy!! :) Like many of us have said before--"the things we will do for that perfect photo!!" The kids were soooo excited to see a REAL gator, but I dont think I ever want to be THAT close to one again!! :)
Very cool. He looks like an old fella, look at the algae on his head.
June 13th, 2010  
He is ginormous!! Well done for turning back around to snap a quick (I hope) shot!
June 13th, 2010  
Holy moly! I would have been on my husband's back and screaming. Good shot.
June 13th, 2010  
That is soooo cool! And scary!!
June 13th, 2010  
very creepy. I don't think I would want to ever be this close
June 13th, 2010  
Wow. Looks like a well-fed gator. :)
June 13th, 2010  
Oh, what a great photo!! I think that I would have been so scared, that I would have forgotten to use the camera.
June 13th, 2010  
That sounds pretty scary, but great photo. :-)
June 13th, 2010  
Wow, look at how big he is and what's with all the green algae on his head lol. Thankyou for risking life and limb to bring us this great shot :)
June 13th, 2010  
Not what you need sneaking up on you really lol great shot well done
June 13th, 2010  
GREAT capture, Della!
June 14th, 2010  
wow, that's amazing.Glad you could show us the pic and still be around to tell the story,lol!
June 14th, 2010  
OHMY! Yeah, I don't think I want to be that close either!!! What a wonderful story to tell...and you also have the proof so you can tell it over and over again!
June 14th, 2010  
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